A few posts on this chess blog

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Fifth and Sixth Grade results of Utah Chess Championship

Higher scores are shown for seventeen kids at or near the top of these two grade levels in the elementary school chess tournament of Utah (March 12, 2016). This is the same event covered in part by “Utah K-6 Chess Championship,” and both posts have photos.

Trophy display at the Universty of Utah

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Utah K-6 Chess Championship

Mostly about the seven-section tournament in general and the points earned by children with higher scores in the five sections from kindergarten through fourth grade.

Union Building, room with chess players

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Speed Chess Tournament at the University of Utah

Nineteen Blitz players competed in two separate divisions of the chess tournament, most of them in the open section (in which most of the players had much higher ratings than those in the reserve section).

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An amateur game between children

[The kids who played] the following game . . . had little experience with chess books. But the father of these two sisters had experience in tournament play.

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Queen vs rook endgame

Let’s begin this kind of endgame study with defense: How do you draw when you have only a rook and king and your opponent has only a queen and king?

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Chess book for beginners

The title choice is doubtful for this chess book for beginners. Beat That Kid in Chess gives practically no emphasis on winning a game against a child. In that sense, it resembles the book How to Beat Your Dad at Chess, which is not really about how to win against your father.

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YouTube video by Kerry Shirts

If only more people had as much enthusiasm for intellectual pursuits! Kerry Shirts, known as the “Backyard Professor” of chess (on Youtube) dives into the royal game, including analysis of some of his own games. He admits he’s no master, but I love his enthusiasm in his analysis . . .

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Three Chess Book Reviews

  • Chess for Children
  • Beat That Kid in Chess
  • Chess Tactics for Kids

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